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From Irenaeus to Grotius: A Sourcebook in Christian Political Thought, 100-1625
Edited by Oliver O'Donovan and Joan O'Donovan

0802838766 Retail Price: $70.00
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Format: Hardcover, 858pp.
ISBN: 0802838766
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Pub. Date: February 2000

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From the second century to the seventeenth, from Irenaeus to Grotius, this unique reader provides a coherent overview of the development of Christian political thought. The editors have collected readings from the works of over sixty-five authors from this period, together with introductory essays that give historical details about each thinker and discuss how each has contributed to the tradition of Christian political thought. Complete with important Greek and Latin texts available here in English for the first time, this volume will be a primary resource for readers from a wide range of interests.


"The appearance of this anthology by Oliver and Joan Lockwood O'Donovan is not only noteworthy but exciting. Here, for the first time, the traditions of Christian theological thought about the political order, in all of its extraordinary richness, diversity, and profundity, is made available in primary sources to nonspecialist readers. I have no doubt that political theology, which has already begun to sprout in various places, will now, with this sourcebook as stimulus, burst forth with a depth and imagination not seen since the Reformation. The O'Donovans' collection will become a classic."
—Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale Divinity School

This is a magnificent achievement deserving of highest praise, and an essential collection at a time when "political theology" is much discussed without reference to its history.... No library aspiring to theological adequacy can be without From Irenaeus to Grotius.
—First Things


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About the Editors

Oliver O'Donovan is the Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at the University of Oxford. He is also coeditor of the New Dictionary of Christian Ethics and Pastoral Theology. Joan O'Donovan is a theologian and teacher working in Oxford, England.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Patristic Age

An Apologetic Miscellany
Irenaeus of Lyons
Clement of Alexandria
Eusebius of Caesarea
Ambrose of Milan
John Chrysostom
Paulus Orosius

Part 2: Late Antiquity and Romano-Germanic Christian Kingship

Gelasius I
Gregory I
Isidore of Seville
John of Damascus
Jonas of Orléans
Sedulius Scottus
The Donation of Constantine

Part 3: The Struggle over Empire and the Integration of Aristotle

Gregory VII
Norman Anonymous
Honorius Augustodunensis
Bernard of Clairvaux
John of Salisbury
Rufinus the Canonist
Nikephoros Blemmydes
Thomas Aquinas
Giles of Rome
James of Viterbo

Part 4: Political Community, Spiritual Church, Individual Right, and Dominium

John of Paris
Dante Alighieri
Marsilius of Padua
William of Ockham
Nicolas Cabasilas
John Wyclif
Antonios IV
Jean Gerson
John Fortescue
Nicholas of Kues

Part 5: Renaissance, Reformation, and Radicalism: Scholastic Revival and the Consolidation of Legal Theory

Thomas More
Desiderius Erasmus
Martin Luther
Francisco de Vitoria
The Schleitheim Articles
Hans Hergot
Stephen Gardiner
Philipp Melanchthon
John Calvin
John Knox
John Ponet
Thomas Cartwright
Vindiciae, contra Tyrannos
Francisco Suárez
Richard Hooker
Johannes Althusius
William Perkins
The Convocation Book
Hugo Grotius

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